Composite Application guidance for WPF and Silverlight gets a lick of Visual Basic paint

The Microsoft Patterns & Practices’ Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight (formerly code-named "Prism") was released with a heavy bias on C# which was a real shame for the many Visual Basic developers who are working on Xaml based user interfaces right now. The good news is there is now a shiny new download…

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A mocking framework especially designed for Visual Basic .NET

I was pleased to see the Typemock folks have delivered a special VB.NET API to use Typemock 5.2 for unit testing. This handles the differences in VB9 vs C# 3.0 around Lambdas (VB9 is restricted to functions where as C# 3.0 can handle statement lambdas – this will be resolved in VB10 aka Visual Basic…

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New article on extending VB6.0 applications with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0

I just wanted to swiftly share some useful links if you choose to extend a Visual Basic 6.0 application including a new article I commissioned in the UK – which turned out rather good. Firstly links to the toolkit download and some of the best existing articles. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 which you need…

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Secure your Visual Basic 6.0 investment with Microsoft .NET

[This is currently a UK only initiative but you will still find a lot of useful information on the new site and I know our partners are happy to engage worldwide] Over the last couple of months I have been working with Sarah in my group to pull together something which hopefully will help the…

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Anybody for some free (and clever!) Visual Basic 2008 training?

In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to…

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Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link…

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Comparing CodeArchitects VB Migration Partner with our Free Upgrade Wizard

One of the companies I am currently working with is CodeArchitects and more specifically Francesco Balena. Francesco has deep knowledge on all things VB which he (thankfully) decided to transfer into the form of a VB6 migration tool – VB Migration Partner. I have had lots of feedback over the years on our free Upgrade…

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I nearly forgot to mention GIGO!

A common mistake I have seen when teams use automated migration tools is the failure to consider our old friend GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Before you consider using any automated tool such as the Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard you should spend some time tidying up your VB6 application to minimize the amount of…

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Upgrading VB6 applications – a moment to reflect :-)

I’ve now spent a bit of time with the book ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005”, so what are my thoughts about it? The good news is it remains a comprehensive and valuable resource for anyone planning to move their VB6 applications to .NET. However it is worth…

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ASP to ASP.NET

Visual Basic migration to .NET includes: VB6 rich client migration – which represents the majority of migration projects I have seen ASP to ASP.NET migration – aka vbscript migration Access migration – aka vba migration (although Access migration often initially involves just moving the data onto SQL Server, retaining the Access UI) Some other edge…

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